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EB Be Mine Heart Healthy Brunch

poached egg wih crispy kale and hoppin' john

February is the month of ♥ LOVE ♥, Valentine’s Day makes it “official”, but so does its loftier designation as American Heart Month! Retailers have been showering us with red hearts and romantic notions as soon as the last chorus of Auld Lang Syne was sung but, besides a luscious box of chocolates and bouquet of red roses, give your sweetheart(s) a gift straight from the heart, by treating them to a brunch filled with delicious recipes to help boost heart health this February and raise awareness for American Heart Month.

With campaigns  like Go Red for WomenNational Wear Red Day and Tell 5 Women About Heart Disease, the American Heart Association hopes to increase awareness and educate women on the reality of heart disease as well as encourage them to put their health first. Why is the American Heart Association focusing on women when according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States? Because heart disease is still largely thought to be a man’s problem, yet, it is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year, more than all forms of cancer put together. However, heart disease and stroke are largely preventable if you understand and work to lower your risks. Simple steps to take include practicing healthy lifestyle habits such as proper nutrition and daily exercise. These lifestyle changes, along with not smoking, can help cut your odds of having a heart attack by 92% (Source: Woman’s Day, February 2012).

poached eggs with smoked salmon

When I was approached by Eggland’s Best to organize an EB Brunch for National Heart Health Month, I didn’t hesitate for a moment. While working toward my certification in Family and Consumer Sciences (aka Home Economics), I learned in my nutrition classes that eggs are the most complete natural food and are not the dietary demons they were cracked up to be  – eggs contain 6 grams of protein, healthful unsaturated fats, and are a good source of choline and lutein.  Back in 2006 Harvard Medical School separated Fact from Myth regarding egg nutrition and heart disease in their publication.

Eggs can be incorporated into a heart-healthy diet, and are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. Eggland’s Best eggs contain more than 2X the heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids than ordinary eggs, 2X more Vitamin D and 10X more Vitamin E, a vitamin associated with reducing the risk of heart disease. I seriously LOVE eggs and find that a hard boiled egg for breakfast sticks with me longer than oatmeal or my homemade granola. On the weekends, Don and I enjoy a more leisurely breakfast/brunch and I jazz up poached eggs with other deliciously healthy ingredients like crispy kale  and smoked salmon (both shown above, click on the photo to go to the recipe). I’m fortunate to have a lot of foodie friends who also care about heart health and brought one of their favorite eggy brunch dishes to my “Be Mine” Brunch for you to enjoy :) If you’d like the recipe, just click on the title. Oh, and there’s a GIVEAWAY, too! Eggland’s Best has generously offered a gift pack of goodies to a lucky reader. See the Important  Details below.

This quiche has quickly become a staple at every brunch I host. The delectable tang of blue cheese with the salty bite of bacon creates a savory dish that your guests will certainly enjoy. ~ La Phemme Phoodie ~
Spinach Quiche
A light way to spice up brunch, scrambled eggs with spanish chorizo.   They will pack a little punch, yet taste refreshing with the hint of fresh tomatoes, and queso fresco.  Perfect for all ages :) kids and the young at heart.  Who doesn’t love a taco? ~ Confessions of a Recipe Junkie ~

Blueberry Stuffed French Toast

This blueberry stuffed french toast is a proven crowd pleaser! ~ Creative Culinary ~

Blueberry stuffed french toast

Just look at those gorgeous tomatoes! A tart after your heart – rich in antioxidants and packed with flavor! ~  Geez Louise ~

Cornmeal tart with heirloom tomato salad

Weekends were made to linger over homey individual servings of baked crispy hash browns, topped with your favorite omelet ingredients and eggs. ~ Never Enough Time ~

Hash brown omelet skillets

Poached Eggs with Mornay Sauce

Don’t let this French sauce intimidate you – a classic mornay sauce is easy to make and, with poached eggs, is an elegant dish that let’s you revel in a lazy morning. ~The Ardent Epicure ~

poached egg with mornay sauce

Citrus Salad with Mint Gremolata

A bit of citrus adds zest and vibrant color and serves as a refreshing accompaniment to unctuous eggy dishes. ~A Communal Table ~

Citrus Salad with mint gremolata

Baked Eggs and Grits with Bacon, Cheese, and Scallions

Polenta cooks quicker than stone ground grits, either way, you’ll find the comfort of home beneath the smoky bacon and glorious baked egg. ~ Bibberche ~

baked eggs with grits

Zucchini, Onion, and Goat Cheese Feta Frittata

Garden fresh zucchini and spring onions, chopped and sautéed, then layered over three fresh eggs. Finished with sprinkle of goat cheese feta. ~ Rustic Garden Bistro ~ zucchini, onion, goat cheese feta frittata Spaghetti Pancake

Don’t be put off by the name, this egg frittata is hearty, savory and delicious. ~ A Beach Home Companion ~ spaghetti pancake Fried Egg with Cilantro Pesto

Brilliant green cilantro pesto spruces up your fried egg just fine. Over toast, or a corn tortilla, this makes one fine breakfast treat. ~ Shockingly Delicious ~ fried egg with cilantro pesto Baked Eggs with Asparagus and Mushrooms

Easy, fast, fluffy and light – a simple way to feed a crowd for a brunch or get together. It’s also a vegetarian friendly dish, but you can easily add diced ham or chopped cooked bacon to the dish before baking. ~ Kitchen Runway ~ baked eggs with asparagus and mushroom

NOW, for the details on the GIVEAWAY! 

1. Mandatory entry: Like She’s Cookin’ on Facebook and tell me in a comment below that you did and what your favorite egg dish is. 2. For a BONUS entry: Like Eggland’s Best on Facebook. 3. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and will close at 10:00 p.m. Sunday, February, 12, 2012. A winner will be selected using Random.org and notified via email and Facebook message since I’ve had some problems with emails going into spam because I’m not in your address book :) The winner will have until 10:00 p.m. Monday, February 13th to respond or another winner will be selected. Eggland will send you coupons and the same box of goodies that I received (the cute egg-shaped cutting board and plush egg are perfect for kids in the kitchen):

  • 1 EB ApronEggland Giveaway, She's Cookin
  • 1 EB Spatula
  • 1 EB Whisk
  • 1 EB Cutting Board
  • 1 EB Mixing Bowl
  • 1 EB Bowl Scraper
  • 1 EB Coffee Mug
  • 1 Plush Egg
  • 1 EB Tote Bag
GOOD LUCK and THANK YOU for visiting She’s Cookin’ | from the heart ♥♥
And the WINNER is Comment #13: Shelby Barone!
Thanks to everyone who participated :-)

Disclosure: Eggland’s Best compensated me for this post with a gift card and box of goodies. As always, my opinions are my own.

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36 Responses to “EB Be Mine Heart Healthy Brunch”

  1. Lana
    February 6 at 1:33 pm #

    Great round-up, Priscilla! Very versatile and creative:) Thanks for including my dish, too!
    I already “like” you on FB!

  2. Lana
    February 6 at 1:34 pm #

    I “like” EB on FB:)

  3. Geez Louise!
    February 6 at 3:35 pm #

    wow, now that’s a lot of recipes- now I’m starved!

  4. Frieda
    February 6 at 5:28 pm #

    I have two favorites: Bacon & Cheese casserole and German pancakes, which my boys call, “PopEye Pancakes!”

  5. Frieda
    February 6 at 5:29 pm #

    Oh, I liked your page on FB and Liked EB on FB as well!

  6. Terra
    February 6 at 6:35 pm #

    I could eat eggs everyday, but I don’t, LOL! I have two favorite ways of eating eggs. When I was in Tucson AZ, I discovered about Huevos Rancheros, and also Chorizo and egg burrito. They both are sooooo delicious! Hugs, Terra

  7. Terra
    February 6 at 6:37 pm #

    I follow you and also Eggland’s Best on Facebook! :-)

  8. Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious
    February 7 at 3:55 am #

    Thanks for including my Cilantro Pesto Fried Egg at your virtual brunch! What a nice collection of dishes at the table. I can’t decide what to make first!

  9. Lisa
    February 7 at 9:46 am #

    I love every egg dish in this round-up, and I actually have started buying Eggland’s Best recently..unless another brand is on sale. That said, heart disease is rampant on my father’s side, so I try as best I can to eat and keep healthy through exercise. If I had a FB, I’d like you and Eggland, but I don’t. I still hope I win, though!

  10. Kari
    February 7 at 12:45 pm #

    I already “like” you on FB. My favorite egg dish is quiche but I also like a great fried egg on toast.

  11. Carolyn
    February 8 at 2:41 am #

    I love eggs, I eat them almost every day. They got such a bad rap in the 80’s during the cholesterol worry craze but they are SO good for you! Great post.

  12. Angie@Angie's Recipes
    February 8 at 4:42 am #

    Many delicious and healthy lunch ideas.

  13. Shelby Barone
    February 8 at 12:41 pm #

    My favorite is the: Huevos con Chorizo Tacos I follow on Facebook. ;)

    • Priscilla
      February 12 at 11:16 pm #

      Congratulations, Shelby! You’re the winner! I’m emailing you now.

  14. Nancy
    February 8 at 1:12 pm #

    Wow, I had no idea heart disease was the #1 killer in American women. Love your round, some really great looking recipes.

  15. 5 Star Foodie
    February 9 at 5:25 am #

    These are some awesome dishes with eggs and a nice giveaway!

  16. Claire
    February 9 at 10:07 pm #

    Liked & my favorite egg dish is omelet!

  17. Jen @ Juanita's Cocina
    February 11 at 8:38 am #

    Like you on FB!

  18. Jen @ Juanita's Cocina
    February 11 at 8:39 am #

    Like EB on FB!

  19. Barbara | Creative Culinary
    February 11 at 9:03 am #

    I did like you on Facebook but I actually liked you before. :)

    Now I’m HUNGRY!

  20. Kiri W.
    February 11 at 12:59 pm #

    What a beautiful round-up! Thank you for sharing all these gorgeous recipes :)

  21. Emily @ Life on Food
    February 11 at 2:23 pm #

    I like on FB. Your tacos look amazing. I like an occasional fried egg but my favorite is heuvos rancheros.

  22. Lori Menichetti
    February 11 at 5:52 pm #

    Like you already! huevos Ranchero’s are my fave!
    I like EB too.

  23. Kathleen Nelson
    February 11 at 6:02 pm #

    I have followed you since the site was created! Great recipes :) Also went & liked EB on FB. I love a good fritatta or Med style omelet. Will try your Salmon wrapped poached egg recipe.

  24. Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats
    February 11 at 7:36 pm #

    I’ve liked you on FB & I’m going with eggs Benedict.

  25. Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats
    February 11 at 7:37 pm #

    I’ve liked Eggland’s Best on FB too!!

  26. Anita
    February 12 at 3:40 pm #

    I already “like” your page on FB — my favorite egg dish is anything with poached eggs is my fave

  27. Charity S
    February 12 at 4:35 pm #

    Like She’s Cookin’ on Facebook (charity s) I love an egg casserole with sausage.

  28. Charity S
    February 12 at 4:35 pm #

    Like Eggland’s Best on Facebook.

    charity s

  29. Kim
    February 12 at 9:46 pm #

    Already like She’s Cookin’ on Facebook. :-) MY favorite egg dish is simple: scrambled with cream and milk with some fresh backyard herbs.

    [K]

  30. Magic of Spice
    February 12 at 9:52 pm #

    Great and informative post, and amazing round up…what a brunch this would be :)

  31. Kim
    February 12 at 9:53 pm #

    And liked Eggland’s Best on FB, too. :-)

    [K]

  32. Jamie
    February 13 at 6:18 am #

    What a great roundup of brunch recipes and surely inspirational. I need to get cooking more dishes like this. I have long wanted to create a baked egg dish with spinach and cheeses.

  33. RavieNomNoms
    February 14 at 9:01 am #

    Look at all that lovely food! Such great meals on here. I am pretty sure that I would love every single thing on this page :-)

  34. Jackie
    February 15 at 12:07 pm #

    These foods look absolutely delicious! It’s so important that people know ways to keep their heart healthy and by eating right and knowing which foods and recipes will strengthen that is good to know. SkinnyScoop is curating this awesome list of resources, tips, and recipes for staying heart healthy…you should add this post to it > http://www.skinnyscoop.com/list/SkinnyScoop_Staff/staying-heart-healthy

  35. FreeSpiritEater
    March 14 at 6:17 am #

    Congratulations to the winner! These dishes looked awesome and made me wish I could have that for breakfast instead of the plain ol’ oatmeal and scrambled eggs I endure each morning lol Have a lovely day!

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